Associate of General Studies Degree Requirements

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree is intended to meet individual student needs using a variety of collegiate level courses to meet degree requirement. The AGS is awarded to LBCC students who complete a two-year curriculum which may include lower division transfer (LDT) and/or career and technical education (CTE) courses. Students may earn an AGS degree in any area of study available at LBCC.

For students who are not pursuing specific transfer or CTE programs, the AGS degree provides an alternative to pursue a broad general education background and accomplish personal educational goals. It is important for students to work closely with an advisor in designing a course plan for this degree. Because of the flexibility of this degree, it may not fulfill requirements for transfer to four-year institutions.

To be awarded an AGS degree, students must:

  • Complete 14 credits of general education requirements, 55 credits of general electives, and 21 credits of focused electives.
  • Complete a minimum of 90 credits of college-level coursework.
  • Complete at least 24 credits at LBCC. Note: Credits granted for prior learning cannot be applied to this requirement.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time the AGS degree is awarded.
  • Complete a minimum of 70 percent of all credits attempted. Grades of “F,” “NP,” “IN” and “W” are non-completion grades. The maximum number of "P" credits allowed is 16. This limit does not include courses only offered P/NP.

General Education Requirements

Writing/Composition (4 Credits)

WR 121ZComposition I


You must pass WR 115 with a C or better or attain an appropriate score on the Placement Test to enroll in WR 121.

WR 121 or a higher level WR course can be taken to fulfill this requirement.

Communication (3 Credits)

COMM 100ZIntroduction to Communication


COMM 111ZPublic Speaking


COMM 114Argument and Critical Discourse


COMM 218ZInterpersonal Communication


Mathematics (4 Credits)

Take one MTH course MTH 075 or higher.

Health and Physical Education (3 Credits)

Select 3 credits. Only one activity course may be taken twice to meet general education requirements, and no more than two activity courses per quarter will count toward general education requirements.

HE 112Emergency First Aid


HE 125Occupational Safety and Health


HE 225Social & Individual Health Determinants


HE 252First Aid


HE 261CPR: Professional Rescuer


PE 185PE Activity Course


PE 231Lifetime Health & Fitness


Focused Electives

Choose Option 1 or Option 2. All focused elective courses must be collegiate-level (any course numbered 100 or higher).

Option 1 – focused exploration of Humanities/Arts, Social Science, and Math/Science.

Select 21 credits from the following categories with a minimum of 3 credits from each group. To determine if a course may be applied toward fulfilling these requirements for the Associate of General Studies degree, look for the proper designation in the courses section of this catalog.

The Humanities/Arts group:

Art, creative writing, foreign languages (200-level courses only), literature, music, philosophy, religion, theater.

The Social Science group:

History, psychology, sociology, political science, anthropology, economics.

The Math/Science group:

Mathematics, animal science, biology, physical science, physics.

Option 2 – focused exploration in a Career and Technical area.

Select 21 credits of CTE courses. Work with a career and technical program advisor to select appropriate courses that are from an approved career and technical program.

General Electives

Select 55 general elective credits to bring program total to 90 credits. General electives may include any combination of lower division transfer (LDT) and/or career and technical education (CTE) courses. All general electives must be collegiate-level courses.